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Where is the contact bin?


Learn how to access the contact bin on your phone or tablet to permanently delete or recover phone numbers you’ve deleted

The contact bin is found within apps that manage phone numbers on cell phones and tablets. When you log in, you can view the deleted information to recover or permanently delete it. However, in some cases, you need to use the web version of the platforms to verify or restore the removed data.



How to access the contacts bin

There are several ways to access the contacts bin, with differences in the procedures for Android and iPhone.

On Android

OR Google has its own contacts application, which has a native presence on mobile phones Motorola and which can be downloaded from the Play Store. The app also has a trash can to check data deleted in the last 30 days:

  1. Open the Contacts app (Android);
  2. Access the “Fix and manage” tab;
  3. Go to “Trash”.



  4. How to access the contacts bin on Android (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

On Samsung cell phones

A SAMSUNG offers its own application to store contacts on your mobile phones and tablets. Through the tool you can view the numbers that have been deleted in the last 30 days, before automatic removal:

  1. Open the Contacts app;
  2. Access the side menu;
  3. Tap “Trash.”


  4. How to access the contacts bin on your Samsung mobile phone (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

On the iPhone

A Apple It doesn’t offer a contact bin, unlike the Google and Samsung apps. However, if you sync data with iCloud and accidentally deleted information and want to recover it, simply use the data recovery tool.

When you use the feature, iCloud will show some available backup options, used to replace contacts on your devices with older versions. The current data will be archived so that it can be retrieved if necessary.

Here’s how to use the tool:

  1. Sign in to the web version of iCloud (icloud.com);
  2. Do Login with your email and password;
  3. Click on “Data Recovery” at the bottom of the page;
  4. Go to “Restore Contacts”
  5. Next to the desired file, click “Recover”;
  6. Confirm with “Restore”;
  7. Wait for the process to complete.


  8. How to Recover Contacts on iCloud (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

If the process still doesn’t show the deleted contact or you want to undo the change, simply repeat the process with the desired file.

I use Gmail on my iPhone. Can I recover a deleted contact?

Yes. If you sync your iPhone or iPad contacts with Gmail, when you delete the information, it will be sent to Google’s trash. However, to verify the deleted data, you need to access the web version of the platform:

  1. Access Google Contacts on PC (contacts.google.com);
  2. Click “Trash”.


  3. How to access the contact bin of your Google account (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

See also how to recover deleted contacts on Android and iPhone.

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